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- Abstract propositions should never be discussed by a legislative body.
- I have no regret for any public act of my life, and history will vindicate my memory.
- I like the noise of democracy.
- Said to his mother
- Prevent the American people from crossing the Rocky Mountains? You might as well command Niagara not to flow. We must fulfill our destiny.
- The ballot box is the surest arbiter of disputes among free men.
- The distribution of patronage of the Government is by far the most disagreeable duty of the President.
- The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
- There is nothing stable but Heaven and the Constitution.
- To avoid entangling alliances has been a maxim of our policy ever since the days of Washington, and its wisdom no one will attempt to dispute.